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Luxurious Cashmere Store in Auckland deigned by Trish Gregory

Our shops in Queen Street, Auckland are New Zealand’s premier knitwear retailers displaying the finest knitwear collections from Kiwi designers.

The shops were opened in the early nineties by Trish Gregory, acclaimed New Zealand fashion designer, to showcase her fashion collections. During this period, the first natural yarn created in one hundred years was being tested and developed in New Zealand. This exciting new yarn was made of possum fur blended with Merino wool and Trish Gregory was contracted to design and develop possum/merino knitwear collections for one of the first manufacturers using this yarn.

The success of the stores was immediate and they soon developed an enviable reputation for sourcing gorgeous collections of knitwear from throughout New Zealand. The traditional values that have made this little country great – integrity, determination and courtesy – have been at the heart of this business which has been established on these two sites for over 30 years. She lately focused on Cashmere collections of cardigans, sweaters and scarves in cashmere.

The shops are now owned by Anne Mazer, who brings her touch of French classic sophistication, elegance and authenticity as well as her desire to promote New Zealand knitwear designers to the local community as well as internationally, without compromising the uniqueness of the stores and their exclusive collections.

Trish Gregory continues to use her innovative design skills to create beautiful Cashmere* knitwear under the Trish Gregory label which is sold exclusively at Great Kiwi Yarns.

New Zealand fashion designer Trish Gregory,
winner of four New Zealand Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards,
a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Award to study in Europe
a New Zealand Industrial Design Council Designmark Award.
Studied at the Royal College of Art, School of Fashion Design in London.
Held a contract with a European manufacturer for five years designing their seasonal collections
which were shown at the Pret-a-Porter in Paris, and at fashion fairs in Munich, Frankfurt and New York.
Founder of Trish Gregory Designer Fashions NZ Ltd, (1978) and Trish Gregory Fashions Pty Ltd., Australia (1986)

Innovator of the Designer Fashion Kits produced and sold in New Zealand and Australia between 1977 and 1989.

Judge at the Benson and Hedges Fashion Design Awards 1992

Great Kiwi Yarns Fashion Designers

*Our Cashmere knitwear is not manufactured in New Zealand. The best manufacturers of Cashmere products today are based in China where eighty percent of the world’s cashmere collections are now made. With their state of the art machinery and unsurpassed technology, they now provide the highest quality knitwear for the world’s top brands.